Both digital versions (bluegrass and anthemic) of “Our Great Virginia” can be purchased exclusively on our website today. It will also be digitally available on itunes, amazon, & other major digital retailers as early as tomorrow or as the songs propagate through the distribution process! Special thanks to Mike Greenly, who wrote the new lyrics to the song, for asking us to be a part of Virginia history! You can hear both songs streaming online and purchase by going to the buy link on this page.
Come see the debut performance of our rendition of the Virginia state song on Saturday June 11th 2016 at Houstonfest 2016 in downtown Galax, Virginia!
Thanks for your support and God Bless!
April 8th 2016–
Amber Collins & Branch House Pavilion announce that April 19th will be the digital release date of their new single, “Our Great Virginia” which is now Virginia’s official Traditional state song. This status was proposed in House Bill 1427, sponsored by House Speaker Bill Howell and in Senate Bill 1128, introduced by Sen. Charles Colgan, D-Manassas. Governor Terry McAuliffe then signed the bills into law.
Virginia has been without an official state song for nearly two decades. The quest to rectify that lack was spearheaded by retired alumni and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of history at Virginia Tech, Dr. James “Bud” Robertson. Dr. Robertson launched his own “one-man crusade” to pair the lovely melody of “Oh Shenandoah” – a classic American folksong that is now in the public domain — with new lyrics written by Mike Greenly and arranged by composer-conductor, Jim Papoulis.
The new release was recorded at Blue Tin Roof Studios and engineered by Scott Patrick who also plays guitar on the song. It will be available in two versions: bluegrass up-tempo and anthemic ballad to be released on April 19th. Both formats will be available for purchase from the band website as well as via itunes, amazon, and other popular digital download sites.
Amber Collins & Branch House Pavilion will be performing at several notable Virginia bluegrass festivals including the 6th Annual Chantilly Farms Bluegrass Festival in Floyd, Virginia and HoustonFest, a music festival to honor the memory of Galax, Virginia native, Houston Caldwell and his dedication to bluegrass music and to community service. In the spirit of HoustonFest, Amber and band will debut her performance of Virginia’s new anthem on Saturday evening, June 11, 2016. The performance will be introduced by Kylene Barker McNeill, who is originally from Galax and who made history in 1979 as the first “Miss Virginia” to become “Miss America.”
Booking information on Amber Collins & Branch House Pavilion:
Debbie Robinson-Mountain Stars Productions
We have recently been asked to produce a new traditional version of the newly adopted Virginia state song!
We thought we’d give you a sneak peek sample of our version of this great song for our great state of Virginia!
We are delighted to be added to the list of bands for Chantilly Bluegrass Festival this year! Come see us on Friday May 27, 2016.
Scott & Amber will be opener for Darin & Brooke Aldridge at the Floyd Country Store on September 12. Click Here to purchase tickets!
Below is a press release for SMSWF 2015 songwriting competition. Jeff McClellan and Scott Patrick (Co-writers on “A Dozen Reasons”, which is the title track off of Branch House Pavilion’s EP project) have been selected as a finalist in the bluegrass category this year and will be headed to Gatlinburg for the finals!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SMSWF 2015 Song Competition Finalists Announced
The Smoky Mountains Songwriter Festival is proud to announce the finalists for the 2015 Song Competition! There were 242 songs entered into the 4th Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival Song Competition from 73 entrants. The finalists will perform in front of a panel of 7 Judges from the music industry in Nashville at the Song Competition Finale and Awards Show August 22nd to be held at the Edgewater Hotel at 11:00AM. These judges include Larry Beaird – Beaird Music Group, Larry Shell – Pier Five Music, Doug Johnson – Black River Entertainment, Sandy Ramos – The Song Tuner, Aaron Bowlin – Curb Records, Steve Bloch – Southern Cow Music, and Lisa Johnson – Razor & Tie Publishing.
Winners will be chosen from each category after all songs have been performed. A Grand Prize Winner chosen from the category winners. The audience will also be involved by voting for a Listener’s Choice Award Winner. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $500 and a Premiere Demo from Beaird Music Group. The 1st Place Winners in each category will receive a hand-crafted leather guitar strap from Country Cobbler Leather Shop in the Gatlinburg Crafts Community. All finalists will receive category placement check and recording time from Steel Strings Productions Recording Studio in Friendsville, TN. The Listener’s Choice Winner receives $250 and a Shuree Microphone from Music Outlet. Fee Hedrick Entertainment (Comedy Barn/Smoky Mountain Opry and the Hatfields and McCoys) Sponsors the SMSWF Song competition each year. Jim Hedrick will be on hand to host this year’s Finale.
“There were so many great songs entered and the scoring was close,” said Cyndy Montgomery Reeves. Reeves points out all of those that entered the competition are winners as she reminds us ‘Music is an art. It’s worth is in the eye of the beholder’.
Finalists are listed in no particular order:
“Hard Times” by Doug Smith
“One Black Rock At A Time” by Jeff McClellan and Scott Patrick
“Tumbleweed” by Doug Smith
“This Old T-shirt” by Scott Miller
“Nothing Outta Something” by Mitch Townley
“Bring It On” by Scott Miller
“Bad Bad Thing” by Sarah Motes Ashley
“China Plates” by Jess Chizuk
“Holdin’ On” by Scott Parker
“God’s Carrying Me” by Scott Miller
“I Found Jesus” by Joe Hash
“That Kind Of Love” by Scott Parker
“It’s About Me” by Cari Ray
“Blues Town” by Dave Travis
“Another Side To You” by Fish Fisher
“Feel This Way” by Sarah Motes Ashley
“Let Love Take It From Here” by Cyndee Gray Harr
“Don’t Miss Out” by Sarah Motes Ashley
“I’ve Had Enough Of You” by Michael Sledjeski
“Indiana Road” by Michael Henchman
“La-Z-Boy” by Sarah Motes Ashley
The SMSWF is also proud to announce this year’s Honorable Mentions.
Honorable Mentions are listed in no particular order:
“A Dozen Reasons” by Jeff McClellan and Scott Patrick
“The Right Thing To Do” by Cyndee Gary Harr
“A Better Game” by Jeff McClellan and Scott Patrick
“Muddin’” by Joe Hash
“Deeper Shade of Love” by Mitch Townley
“Cooking” by Robert Meza
“Lay Me Down” by Robby Hopkins
“Honey You Don’t Need A Six-pack” by Roger Vines
“Must Really Be in Love” by Scott Miller
“Unwind” by Mitch Townley
“Every time This Cowboy Rides” by Robert Meza
“This Cage Will Set You Free” by Fish Fisher
“Man With The Gibson Guitar” by Roger Vines
“Clean” by Davis Corley
“Save The World From Silence” by Cyndee Gray Harr
“Baby’s Gettin’ Ready to Fly” by Dave Travis
“Can’t Give Up” by Tambre Herndon
“Cussin’ & Prayin’” by Fish Fisher
“Ransomed” by David Lauver
“Heart Headed Home” by Scott Parker
“I’ve Had Enough of You” by Michael Sledjeski
“Be Mine” by Sarah Motes Ashley
“The One” by Fish Fisher
“B Movie Girl” by Fish Fisher
“God Signed the World with You” by Fish Fisher
“Go” by Fish Fisher
“I Know What I Sow is what I Reap” by Gene Blair
“You’re Feeling Love” by Mitch Townley
“40 Miles from Midnight” by Michael Henchman
“A Closed Bedroom Door” by Gene Blair
“We encourage all of those who participated in the competition to attend the Competition Finale & Awards Show to cheer on your fellow songwriters,” says Tori Smith, SMSWF Song Comopetition Coordinator. The SMSWF Song Competition Finale and Awards Show is Sat. Aug. 22 at the Edgewater Hotel at 11 AM. No admission charge. Public Invited.
You can see us live at the rex theather in galax, va this friday July 17th at 8pm or go to http://www.blueridgecountry98.com/ and listen to a live stream.
Hope everybody is having a great summer! God Bless!
We had a really great time at Houstonfest this year. We hope to go back again next year!
Here’s a couple videos that Carol McDuffie captured during our Saturday set!
Next show is at the Guerilla Folk Music Society Show in Radford,Va on Saturday night!